For Cluck!'s sake

By PHILIP EIL  |  April 17, 2013

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URBANIST DREAMER Patten. [Photo by Natalja Kent]

"There's no place to park," a spokesman for Sts. Vartanantz, the church across the street, tells WPRI later on Sunday. "So you're going to see literally dozens of parishioners not be able to come to church today. Our position is, people have a right to come on Sundays and worship their god."

A few days later, Anthony Paolino — another abutter whose family has worked or lived in a house across from Cluck!'s proposed home since 1920 (he has no relation to the "downtown Paolinos," he says) — offers the Phoenix another perspective.

He worries that Cluck!'s requested zoning change will make the property a perpetual retail spot. First comes Cluck!; next, it might be a pizza place or convenience store.

"It's a 'What if?' " he says. "This zoning acts as an immune system for the historic part of this street, for the people that worked hard to maintain this." Broadway, he says, is the "jewel of the city."

Meanwhile, Patten has acquired a peddler's license that will allow her to sell merchandise outdoors in front of the store while she fights for a new zoning resolution. But it's not the same as a green light for the business, she says. She can only sell certain items and she remains at the mercy of the weather forecast. As of this writing, the "A Few Bucks for Cluck" Indiegogo campaign organized by supporters is at $5125 and rising.

You can follow the Cluck! saga on their Facebook page. The fundraising effort continues at indiegogo.com/projects/a-few-bucks-for-cluck.

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